Rescue training for Territory line workers

Power and Water in the Northern Territory has held refresher rescue training for staff.

Coinciding with National Safe Work Month, the training includes elevated work platform rescue and escape, pole top rescue and low voltage switchboard rescue.

Authorisation and compliance trainer Felino Molina said the annual training is mandatory for Power Networks crews across the Territory.

“You can’t be too complacent with electricity, it doesn’t give you too many chances if you make a mistake,” Mr Molina said.

“Our Power Networks crews work in environments that are sometimes hostile with high winds and heavy rain, especially coming into the wet season.

“The annual refresher training is a reminder of the importance of safety checks necessary to keep crews safe and gives the staff confidence in each other.

“It ensures crews maintain their skills annually and are up to date, confident and competent in current safety processes.”

Electrical fitter mechanic Clayton Twining said the annual training helped make him feel more confident that teams are equipped to deal with emergencies.

“It’s important with our type of work that we are getting this type of training and that everyone from the crew is on the same page in relation to safety,” he said.